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Lawrence voters buck statewide trends, with little effect on outcomes; turnout not what clerk was expecting

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11:50 p.m. update by Jonathan Kealing

As things in Kansas wind down, there are very few races yet to be called. Here's a wrap-up of where we stand.

Sam Brownback will be Kansas' next governor. Check out the precinct results in Lawrence and Douglas County.

Jerry Moran will represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, replacing Sam Brownback. This is one statewide race where some precincts in Lawrence voted for the winner.

Lynn Jenkins will return to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd District, including areas of Lawrence west of Iowa.

Kevin Yoder will take Dennis Moore's 3rd District U.S. House seat, representing north and east Lawrence. Stephene Moore won Douglas County but lost handily in Johnson County.

Kris Kobach has been elected Secretary of State. He won just one precinct in Lawrence, though most rural precincts in Douglas County.

Derek Schmidt will be the next attorney general, despite Steve Six piling up big victories around Lawrence and most of Douglas County.

Ron Estes defeated Dennis McKinney to be the next Kansas State Treasurer. McKinney took virtually all of Lawrence and much of Douglas County, but Estes cruised to a large margin of victory.

Democrat Janet Waugh will return to the State Board of Education — one of the few Democrats with a district that includes areas outside Lawrence and to have an opponent that won Tuesday night.

County Commissioner Mike Gaughan will serve a full term on the Douglas County Commission.

The most conservative precinct in Lawrence might be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in west Lawrence. Voters there preferred Kris Kobach for Secretary of State and Ron Estes for State Treasurer. No other Lawrence precinct chose either of those two.

All told, Republicans won every federal position in Kansas as well as all statewide races. The Associated Press is estimating a gigantic Republican majority in the Kansas House as well. All told, the Republican tsunami mentioned on the national level certainly seems to have been true in Kansas.


11:40 p.m. update by Christine Metz

Voter turnout was about 41 percent, which was quite a bit less than the 47 percent of voters who participated in the midterm elections in 2006.

In the 2008 presidential race, voter turnout was 62 percent.

More than 32,300 people voted in Douglas County on Tuesday. The final count was delayed by the more than 300 overseas ballots that had been faxed to the clerk's office on Tuesday and then had to be hand counted.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Tuesday's voter turnout was moderate to heavy in some precincts. More than 20 of the county's 67 precincts saw 50 percent or more of its registered voters participate in the election, which is "pretty good" for midterm elections, Shew said. Some were even as high as 60 percent.

The county's overall voter numbers were hurt by the low turnout from Kansas University students. The precinct at Burge Union on KU Campus had a turnout of about 4 percent.


10:42 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

According to the Associated Press, the 2011 Kansas House will consist of 91 Republicans and 29 Democrats.


9:47 p.m. update by Christine Metz

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Tuesday's voter turnout was moderate to heavy.

Some precincts are expected to have turnouts that are between 50 to 60 percent, which is "pretty good" for midterm elections, Shew said.

All but two precincts have been counted, but the clerk's office has hundreds of overseas ballots that it received today by fax that have to be counted by hand. That's a process will take some time, Shew said.

The Burge Union came in with the smallest turnout percent again. Out of 1,678 registered voters, just 64 votes were cast — 4.1 percent.


9:26 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Below are some photos from our photographers in Topeka. You can see all of today's election photos here.

Sen. Sam Brownback hugs his mother Gina Brownback, Parker, during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka. Brownback defeated Tom Holland of Baldwin City in the gubernatorial race.

Sen. Sam Brownback hugs his mother Gina Brownback, Parker, during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka. Brownback defeated Tom Holland of Baldwin City in the gubernatorial race. by Mike Yoder

Insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka. Praeger said it'll be the first time she's served with a Republican governor.

Insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger speaks during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka. Praeger said it'll be the first time she's served with a Republican governor. by Mike Yoder

John Bowes, Topeka, center, joins other Republican supporters cheering during a speech by Sen. Pat Roberts during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka.

John Bowes, Topeka, center, joins other Republican supporters cheering during a speech by Sen. Pat Roberts during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka. by Mike Yoder


9:14 p.m. update

With only two precincts left, it appears the Lawrence public library expansion proposal will pass 54 percent (yes) to 45 (percent).

The AP has also announced that Tim Huelskamp has won the 1st Congressional District, replacing Jerry Moran.


8: 50 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Results are coming in for the Kansas House races. So far, Tom Sloan is leading Linda Robinson in the race for Kansas House District 45.


8:37 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

With 12 of 49 percent of precincts reporting, Lawrence voters are in favor of the library expansion so far:

  • Yes: 54.8%
  • No: 45.11%

8:19 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Sam Brownback and Jerry Moran are already claiming victory in the races for Kansas governor and U.S. Senate.

Sam Brownback speaks with friends before his speech in Topeka on Nov. 2, 2010 just before being elected Kansas governor.

Sam Brownback speaks with friends before his speech in Topeka on Nov. 2, 2010 just before being elected Kansas governor. by Mike Yoder


8:07 p.m. update by Joe Preiner

With race results rolling in, site volunteers were finally able to head home. Here are some photos from the final moments at the polls.

Voters fill out their ballots just before polls close at Free State High School on November 2, 2010.

Voters fill out their ballots just before polls close at Free State High School on November 2, 2010. by Joe Preiner

Volunteers begin the clean-up process after a long day helping residents cast ballots at Free State High School on November 2, 2010.

Volunteers begin the clean-up process after a long day helping residents cast ballots at Free State High School on November 2, 2010. by Joe Preiner

Empty poll booths mark the end of election day at Free State High School November 2, 2010.

Empty poll booths mark the end of election day at Free State High School November 2, 2010. by Joe Preiner


7:51 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

We're now showing results in the following races over on our elections page:

  • Governor
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House District 1
  • U.S. House District 2
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • Attorney General
  • Board of Ed, District 1

7:46 p.m. update by George Diepenbrock

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and helper Michael Kelly run advance ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse just after polls closed for the general election on Nov. 2, 2010.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and helper Michael Kelly run advance ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse just after polls closed for the general election on Nov. 2, 2010. by George Diepenbrock

Poll workers arrive at the Douglas County Courthouse with ballots on Nov. 2, 2010.

Poll workers arrive at the Douglas County Courthouse with ballots on Nov. 2, 2010. by George Diepenbrock

LJWorld.com reporters and candidates are waiting for ballots to be counted at the Douglas County Courthouse.


7:27 update by Chad Lawhorn

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is now predicting voter turnout to be higher than the 43 percent he predicted earlier this week.

"We have some precincts that are going to be 50 to 60 percent," Shew said. "We have some pretty intense numbers for a midterm election."

Shew said voting levels in western Lawrence were particularly high.

"The numbers I'm hearing from some of the west Lawrence precincts, like Langston Hughes, are pretty close to the numbers we had in the presidential election," Shew said.

Shew said numbers in many of the eastern Lawrence precincts are tracking closer to the 2006 midterm election figures.

Overall, Shew is still predicting less than a 50 percent turnout.

"We still have some KU precincts that will be about 15 percent, which drags down the total," Shew said.

Shew said the election results likely will be later than they have been in past mid-term elections.

"The last few midterms have been finished around 8:00 or 8:30," Shew said. "That won't be the case tonight."


7:16 p.m. update by Mark Fagan

At least nobody got hurt.

Eleven old-style voting booths — the kind with shiny metal tables, draped with hard-canvas curtains — finally are relieved of their duties today, now that this polling site (which shall go unnamed, to protect the identities of those working here) is closed.

Ever since the place opened at 7 a.m., it turns out, the curtains would collapse — one by one, sometimes on voters as they tried to get inside, others once they'd made their way into short-lived privacy.

By the end of the day, all but two had collapsed. And one that had survived unscathed managed to remain intact did so only because nobody used it to vote.

"Old voting booths have been falling down all day — hazard to voters' health," the site's supervising judge has written, in her notes for Jaimie Shew, Douglas County clerk. "

The woes were reduced to a mild sense of comedy as the day ended.

Whether the booths will be back next year remains to be seen.

Alesia Woszidlo votes at Southside Church of Christ.

Alesia Woszidlo votes at Southside Church of Christ. by Mark Fagan

Curtains from collapsed voting booths rest on the floor — out of harm's way.

Curtains from collapsed voting booths rest on the floor — out of harm's way. by Mark Fagan

At least one voter avoided the falling canvas at a polling site Tuesday in Douglas County. At right is a both where the canvas already had fallen.

At least one voter avoided the falling canvas at a polling site Tuesday in Douglas County. At right is a both where the canvas already had fallen. by Mark Fagan


7:05 p.m. update by Christine Metz

Voters at Drury Place Apartments fill out ballots during late afternoon voting Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

Voters at Drury Place Apartments fill out ballots during late afternoon voting Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. by Kevin Anderson

Douglas County voters said they came to the polls Tuesday because it was their right and responsibility. They also wanted to support the $18 million bond issue to finance the expansion of the Lawrence Public Library.

And some had state and national politics on their mind.

"I'm going to vote against all the policies we voted in because it's not like we thought it would be," said Rose Moore, who was heading to the polls at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Lawrence Tuesday evening.

At around the same time, Sean McCue came to Plymouth Congregational Church to show support for the Democrats.

"Everyone is riding Obama so hard. I feel like people are so quick to abandoned all hope," McCue said. "(Obama's) two years is not enough time to repair eight years of destruction by the Bush administration." At Kansas University, freshman Lindsey Bloom was exercising her right to vote for the first time.

"I've always wanted to vote. I used to go with my parents when I was little and they always talked to us about politics," said Bloom, who specifically registered in Douglas County so she could vote for the library.

We're expecting results to start coming in the next 15-30 minutes. Make sure you check the elections page for the latest race results.


7 p.m. update by Whitney Mathews

Polls closed at 7 p.m. across the state and candidates are awaiting results in a variety of races.

Check our elections page for the latest results, and check back with this post for quotes, photos and updates from our reporters and the Associated Press.

Comments

Centerville 3 years, 5 months ago

Gridlock is a wonderful thing. If we had more of it, Zippy's Health Care Road Show wouldn't have passed and all those Democrats wouldn't be history.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 5 months ago

Despite the record sweep of the House, the Senate remains in the hands of the Dems and the Right's "Wicked Witch of the West" will remain as a buggaboo over their heads. This isn't going to cause anything but more political gridlock and partisanship. The House will pass legislation and funding that the Senate will veto or just let die in committee. Obama will not be able to get anything done in Congress and the next election cycle the Right will use that against him. As for Kansas, I not only want to leave the state, I will be within the year. I'd give anything to bundle up my entire family and take them with me. Mean things are ahead my friends; mean things and mean people. It truly scares me for the ones I love. .

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alm77 3 years, 5 months ago

So, from now on, I'm going to the library every frickin' day. Gotta get my money's worth. Good grief.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 months ago

Obama's agenda is now dead.....

Next?

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Danimal 3 years, 5 months ago

I hope that Kansas isn't really going to elect crazy Kris Kobach as it's new secretary of state, that guy is trouble. Seriously, he's going to give Kansas the biggest black eye we've had since the evolution debacle a few years ago.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 5 months ago

There is a problem with the library page, Whitney, as others has indicated.

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antacid 3 years, 5 months ago

hope someone buys my house and business property

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 5 months ago

Actually, to be fair, the LJW does exceptional election night reporting compared to other papers. Their commitment to produce live precinct-level information, with associated graphics exists nowhere else in Kansas. That also starts with a local election officer who cooperates with the paper, unlike the previous incumbent.

Reporting statewide information can get a little clunky, just because of the nature of the information flow. And every election is unique, so inevitably things like special questions, judges races, amendments can have issues. And because of the reporting at precinct level, sometimes mathematical and rendering mistakes do happen.

But the LJW does a great job, despite these glitches.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 months ago

It's the transit tax scenario all over again!

Good night for the 'big red" though!! I'll take comfort in that.

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chzypoof1 3 years, 5 months ago

I can't wait to pay more taxes for a building we won't use....WOO HOO!!! Hey, at least the downtown business owners got the parking garage they needed...

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DillonBarnes 3 years, 5 months ago

How are these numbers going in? The library expansion numbers show 10 precincts that have 0 yes votes to numerous no votes, that can't be right. I know it takes time to get numbers in, but why submit the information when you only have the no votes in?

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notajayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

"Early results show Lawrence voters in favor of library expansion proposal"

And it's stuff like that (and the mT, for another example) that make the rest of Kansas so happy that Lawrence voters can't affect anything outside the city limits.

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DillonBarnes 3 years, 5 months ago

Terrible election coverage. This website is a mess of links that tell you nothing. I'm particularly bugged by no links for any of the ballot measures.

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BitterClinger 3 years, 5 months ago

Why isn't the JW showing any results for the question on Constitutional Amendment 1, the individual right to bear arms?

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KimJungUn 3 years, 5 months ago

I am worried about press coverage of our elections and the process. The media bias to or for the democratic party and it's candidates makes covering the election a form of electioneering. It is a personal concern, one that may need Kris Kobach to look into after his victory.

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